AsMA Scholarship Winners Announced

April 19, 2018

AsMA Scholarship Winners Announced

AsMA is pleased to annouce the scholarship winners for 2018.

Anita Mantri Memorial Scholarship

Ilaria Cinelli received the Anita Mantri Memorial Travel Scholarship from AMSRO. A native of Italy, sheearned a B.Eng. and an M.Eng. in biomedical engineering from the University of Pisa, Italy,  in 2012. She is currently a final year Ph.D. student at the National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. She was research assistant at CHAPS (King’s College London), where she worked on a computational model regarding Visual Impairment Intracranial Pressure and on the Gravity Loading Countermeasure Skinsuit.
   Ilaria was a finalist for the Jeff Myers Space Medicine Association Young Investigator Award in 2013. She was a winner of the 2014 Research and Development Innovation Award and Certificate (sponsored by David Clark Company) given by the Life Sciences and Biomedical Enginerring Branch of AsMA. In 2015, she completed the Commercial Space Executive Leadership Training and the Intensive Training-Astronaut Training to Weightlessness. In 2016, she was elected Secretary of the Aerospace Human Factors Association, a Constituent group of AsMA. She is also national contact point of the Student European Low Gravity Research (SELGRA).
   After her first mission with Crew 158, Ilaria was selected as Commander of Crew 172 and 185 and Emerging Space Leader by the Mars Society. Ilaria also joined the Poland Mars Analogue Simulation by Space Generation as Mission Support member and back-up astronaut, and the Mars Academy USA as Executive Officer. She has been featured on HBO, French TV, in the Irish Times, Engineers Ireland, Rai TV, La Repubblica, Le Monde, and many others. She was also featured on the IEEE Pulse and was Invited Speaker at the IEEE EMBC EMBS 2017 and 2018, University of Southampton, University of Pisa, and TEDxPadova. She is active in space medicine research for translation to terrestrial applications. Her favorite motto is “Life in Space is for Life on Earth!”.

Jennifer Fleischer, BSE, is the second winner of the Anita Mantri Scholarship. She graduated with a BSE in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006. For the next 7 years she played professional basketball for teams in Belgium, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Israel, Slovakia, France, and Italy, as well as for the Israeli Women’s National Basketball Team. She is currently completing her medical degree at Dartmouth College and also working on a project with Dartmouth’s Space Medicine Innovations Lab. Her interest in aerospace medicine led her to participate in the 2016 International Space University’s Space Studies Program, UTMB's Short Course, and NASA’s Aerospace Medicine Clerkship. She will begin an Emergency Medicine Residency at Duke in July.
   Ms. Fleischer is a member of the Aerospace Medicine Student and Resident Organization and the Aerospace Medical Association. She is the first author of a presentation to be given at the 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting and a co-author of an article to be published in Current Urology Reports. She has conducted research at the University of Pennsylvania and the Masonic Medical Research Lab and has been involved with the International Space University Space Studies Program in Haifa, Israel, and the Virtual Space Station in Hanover, NH.

Jeffrey R. Davis, M.D., Aerospace Medicine Endowed Scholarship

Moriah S. Thompson, M.D., is currently a resident in Aerospace Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She completed her initial residency training in Emergency Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, where she served as chief resident. Prior to that she graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. She has participated in the Pathways Internship program at NASA Johnson Space Center since 2012. She has also been involved in a number of research projects in the field of aerospace medicine ranging from hypobaric hypoxia exposure to spacesuit glove-related injury.
   Dr. Thompson is a member of the Society of Women Engineers and the Aerospace Medical Association. Her honors and awards include being a NASA Student Ambassador, an Outstanding Student Award from the Society of NASA Flight Surgeons, Outstanding Resident Research Innovation from Mayo Clinic Emergency Medicine, and Gold Quality Fellow from the Mayo Clinic Quality Academy. She is lead or co-author on eight publications.

AsMA International Aerospace Medicine Scholarship

Bonnie Posselt, B.Sc., M.B.Ch.B. (E), D.Av.Med., MRCP (UK), ARAeS RAF, is the the first winner of the AsMA International Scholarship. A native of the United Kingdom, she earned a B.Sc. in Aerospace Physiology at King’s College in London in 2008, then an M.B.Ch.B. at Manchester University in 2009. She also holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in Aviation Medicine from King’s College and a Diploma in Aviation Medicine from the Faculty of Operational Medicine. She joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) as a General Duties Doctor in 2011 and then took Officer Training. Upon completion of this training, she was commissioned as a Flight Lieutenant. She then served in a variety of positions, including as a CT1 doctor in both an Acute Assessment Unit and an Intensive Care unit at Chelsea and Westminster and Royal Brompton Hospitals; a CT2 doctor in Emergency Medicine, Anesthetics, Cardiology, and Respiratory Medicine at St. George’s and Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals; and Acting Registrar of Acute Medicine at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. She is currently Field Medical officer, AMADEE-18, Austrian Space Forum; Specialty Registrar in Aviation and Space Medicine at the Centre of Aviation Medicine, RAF Henlow; and an RAF Medical Officer.
   Dr. Posselt was the Space Medicine Association’s Jeff Myers Young Investigator Award winner in 2011. She is a member of the Royal College of Physicians, the General Medical Council, the Medical Defence Union, the Royal Society of Medicine, the Royal Aeronautical Society, UK Space Life and Biomedical Sciences, and the British Interplanetary Society. She is an Associate Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association and a trainee representative on the Specialty Advisory Committee for Aviation and Space Medicine as well as a STEM outreach ambassador.

Beth A. Healey, M.B.Ch.B. (Hons.), B.Sc. (Hons.), Dip.MCC, FRGS, is the second winner of one of the 2018 AsMA International Scholarships. She earned a B.S. in Physiological Science and then an M.B.Ch.B. at the University of Bristol. She then received a Diploma in Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine in 2014 from the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries in London. She has served in a variety of positions, including as a support team member for Extreme World Races, Lake Baikal, Siberia; an assistant doctor for the North Pole Marathon; a doctor at Ealing Hospital and then Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London; as a research coordinator and part of the medical team for the European Space Agency at Concordia Station in Antarctica; and was involved as Project Lead for ‘Whitespace’, a grant-funded outreach educational tour. She is currently a Senior House Officer in Accident and Emergency and is serving an Accident and Emergency internship at Hôpitaux du Pays du Mont Blanc in France. She also shares her research experience in Antarctica through public speaking at conferences, seminars, podcasts, online media, universities, and occasional television and radio appearances.
   Dr. Healey is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the Aerospace Medical Association, the Space Medicine Association, the Wilderness Medicine Society, the Space Generation and Advisory Council, the Aerospace Medicine Student and Resident Organization, and Medical Leadership and Management. Her awards and honors include the Association of Space Explorers Award, Space Exploration Education UK Space Agency Grant for ‘WhiteSpace’, winning the ‘I’m an astronaut get me out of here’ Scholarship for International Space University’s 2017 Summer Program, Poster Presentation Prize London Trauma Conference, National Physiological Society Conference Bursary, ESA Workshop for Medical Students Attendance Bursary, Royal United Hospital Bath’s Elective Prize, and Bristol University’s Evidence-Based Medicine Poster Winner.

Matthew R. Wilkes, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc., MRCEM, FRCA, FAWM, FRGS, received the third AsMA International Scholarship. Dr. Wilkes qualified in medicine from the University of Edinburgh in 2007. Since then he has worked predominantly in anesthesiology, critical care, and remote medicine in the United Kingdom and around the world. He is passionate about paragliding and founded the Free Flight Physiology Project to improve paraglider pilot safety, performance, and accident management. The project is supported by the Royal Aeronautical Society’s GP Olley Award.
   Dr. Wilkes completed the Master of Clinical Sciences (Mountain Medicine) in 2016, investigating cerebral altitude illness in the Bolivian Andes. He has been the Lead Doctor on several large international expeditions, practiced anesthesia in New Zealand and Nepal, and flown all over East Africa with the AMREF Flying Doctor Service. In 2017, he returned to Nepal as a volunteer physician at the IPPG(UK) high altitude clinics at Machermo and Gokyo for the post-monsoon season. He is currently a doctoral student in the Extreme Environmental Medicine and Science Group, Department of Sport and Exercise Science, University of Portsmouth.
   Dr. Wilkes is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, The Royal College of Anaesthetists, and the Academy of Wilderness Medicine. He is a member of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, and a Diplomate in Mountain Medicine. His awards and honors include the Nick Gordon medal from the Edinburgh & East Scotland Society of Anaesthetists, an Excellence in Remote Medicine Award, and the Myre Sim Fund Research Grant from the Royal College of Physicians. He has also received the James Munro Memorial Prize in Psychiatry and the Dorothea Walpole Prize in General Practice.